A rare Tibetan sculpture of a three-head and six-hand Mahakala with only two legs, in embrace with his consort, who has one head and six hands. He holds the usual flaying knife and skull cup in his main hands, the others may have held a drum, a lasso, a rosary and a trident.
On late works the one-head and six-hand form of Mahakala may hold a large knife in his upper right hand instead of a rosary. He stands with both feet on Ganapati.
This is his chaturmukha (four faces) form, with one head stacked on the others, two legs and four hands, in which he holds a sword, a spear (missing), a skull cup and a flying knife.
A rich chocolate brown variant with partial gilding and different attributes in his lower hands (a snare and flaming jewels). The four faces are all at the same level.
The legden or danda form of Mahakala has one face with three eyes, two legs, two hands holding a stick (danda) (missing here). He wears felt boots, a long cloak, a skull crown and bone jewellery.
This example is adorned with a profusion of tiny turquoise and lapis lazuli cabochons forming visvajras on his cloak and a rice grain pattern on the hem. His robe, earrings and crown are equally studded with stones.
In the vyaghra vahana form (rarely seen in sculptures) Mahakala rides a tiger.
This rare example depicts him with human features, wearing Chinese-style jewellery, holding a skull cup and a flaming jewel.